“Born Somewhere” by Maxime Le Forestier

This song by Maxime Le Forestier is well written. Good lyrics, good tunes. If you like the genre and you speak french that is. If you’ve been travelling to worlds you deem alien to your own then the words make more sense. Er, I should point out that the song is relatively old, easily more than a decade old.

A few months ago I stumbled upon a blog called Entre Le Monde et l’Ecran (Between The World and The screen), some good narration i thought. I like to read about the Third World, especially how First and Second World people perceive the Third World. I checked back in several times on Entre Le Monde et L’Ecran. What was fascinating is that this person had been travelling in mainly Thirld World countries and she was telling her story, her thoughts and her experiences. She’s been lately in Mali, West Africa, where I’m from in case you haven’t guessed. It’s interesting sometimes to see things through somebody else’s lenses.
Born somewhere, Maxime Le Forestier, i wonder what he was really on about. He must have been travelling at the time he wrote the song, or wished he did? Who knows…

Back to Björk :–

“…here come the earth intruders,
we are the paratroopers,
stampede of sharpshooters,
voodoo…”

I actually imagined correctly how the video would be like before seeing it on YouTube!. I did expect it to close with a large ship taking the “intruders” towards further worlds, just like Frodo after defeating the Dark Lord of Mordor. That was a little disappointing. I can’t get it out my head at the moment.

“Calabash Music” sounds better than “World Music”

The expression World Music has always troubled me. A real dilemma: I feel like a call of duty to support the artists who publish under the World Music label. But at the same time I always have an unease about the label’s name. For a start I have a strong distaste for derogatory terms often used to patronise people. World Music feels a bit derogatory.

Just as i was going to put up this posting I came across a TV program where Ian Anderson of fRoots Magazine (http://www.frootsmag.com/) was being interviewed about World Music. Ian was appearing together with an amazing Armenian musician called Arto. Ian was very disarming when he simply said “…Everything has its box in the UK…we weren’t really sure where to put these records so we created a box called ‘World Music’…and that gave these artists from afar an outlet”. The quoting is not 100% accurate but the program forced me to rewrite my article. Credits go to these pioneers always looking to celebrate mankind.

So i’ll keep buying World Music records, but it would be nice to find a more inspired name for this particular box.